Mineral Funds Boost Income

While the State Government is planning for more spending of funds in district Mineral Fund(DMF), Sundargarh District Administration has taken several steps for utilizing funds in a befitting manner.

Take for instance, Team DMF led by Surendra Kumar Meena, District Collector Sundargarh took a decision to prevent deforestation of forest for fuel as woods.

Now the cooked food for children is served in Anaganwadi Centres (AWC)s through LPG. The quality of life has increased and environment presents a healthy atmosphere.

As the State Government has been taking various strategies for the use of LPG in the rural, semi-urban and urban area, the 2550 AWC, those having their own building and are being supported under DMF.

It has not only reduced drudgery of the cook and but also reduced the cost in comparison to fuel wood required.

Similarly DSMS is the district unit of Odisha Rural Development & marketing Society (ORMAS) is implementing shaktigaon project in the district with 12 to 15 Self Help Group (SHG)s as the extension delivery counter.

In this process around 200 households will be benefited by this business with an additional income and growing business will enable expansion of delivery counter in future involving more women SHGs.

The Sudha PG was promoted with an objective to increase the income of 42 members from 5 SHGs those are likeminded to the manufacturing of Noodles ventures.

Out of 42 members, 40 members are ST and 2 members are OBC and all are poor category.

The value of noodles manufacturing was the eye opening for the target stakeholders with an investment of RS. 2.50 lakhs including fixed capital i.e. machinery & infrastructure as well as variable cost of raw materials, packaging materials and electricity cost with 3 phase installation.

In the process the business turnover is Rs.One Lakh and net profit earned Rs. 15, 000 and Members are happy. This unit is in process of registration under Udyog Aadhar and DIC Sundargarh.

After all the process one Siali leaf production cum - training unit is established at Block head quarter Bonaigarh under DMF.

Since Day One preparation of Siali leaf plate is going on in the unit. Before intervention ,the Siali leaf was sold @ Rs. 14 per KG but after intervention the price hiked up to Rs.16 Per KG.

Now the siali leaves are collected from Gram Panchayats  of Gurundia Block and Bonaigarh Block.

More than 30 SHG members of Bonai, Kendrikella and Bhalupani were involved in the training unit.

The Siali leaf production cum -training unit provided  the employment to three RSETI Trained candidates as master trainer.

About 1000 families from Bonai and Gurundia will be benefited to sale their raw material, semi finished goods to the trader placed at Block Office.

Similarly with an objective to increase the income of 35 members from 4 SHGs those are likeminded went to the manufacturing of Slipper ventures.

The PG members were skilled in production process of Slipper and vending in local market as well as participated in National Level Pallishree Mela at Rourkela and Baliyatra Cuttack and Dhenkanal in 2018-19.

Business turnover is Rs. 2 lakh and net profit earned RS. 40, 000 and this unit is in process of registration under Udyog Aadhar and DIC Sundargarh.

The Unit was inaugurated by Mr.Meena and has turned out to be a Good Business Model for others to replicate.

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